Welcome November! October felt a little long this year but it could be due to the steady weather we’ve had. Just maybe a couple of days of rain during the night and zero snow. Anyhow, in mid-September, Artifact Uprising offered free square prints and I thought I’d try it out to see what’s so special about them. Well, I was surprised to find how beautiful they were. The quality is superb and the packaging was clean and organized. I can’t decide if I want to use them for my Christmas photo or go with who I normally do (Minted or Persnickety). Who knew deciding the paper for a Christmas photo would be so stressful. I am definitely leaning toward Artifact though. It really depends on if I want to use templates or create my own design. I am doing NaNoWriMo again this year. Last year I got about 15,000 words in. This time, I’m going for the finish: 50,000 words AND finish the novel. So, if time permits, I’ll create my own Christmas card design, otherwise, Artifact it is, unless Minted has a really good discount or I’m completely drawn to one of their designs. Yeah, I still can’t decide.
Went to lunch with my sister. It’s always nice to spend time catching up over lots of food.
After lunch, I went over to my parents’ and Mom gave me some cucumbers from her garden and some Hmong herbs. Every year I ask her for herbs to plant in my pot because I don’t have a ground garden yet. I hope to one day but for now, this is it.
This is the most I’ve digi-scrapped in my life. Even when I was designing I never went as far as doing a layout a day. I can tell you that I’m wearing out though. Twelve more after this then I’m done. I’ve got another challenge up my sleeve. I just signed up for a sketching and watercolor art class through Studio Calico. I’m hoping that class will help me with a project I’m working on for a friend. I need the motivation right now.
Just for the month of January, I’m going to give some of my time to digi-scrapping. It’s been a very long time (it feels that way) since I’ve done any digi-scrapping. I’ve been purchasing digital kits since 2010 but within the last year or two I’ve slowly tapered down to creating nothing, but still buying the kits! So, to start off the year, I’m going full force with putting these kits to good use. Then, come February, I will stop and move on to other things. A part of me really just want to put some of these kits to good use. I have goals of making stickers with the embellishments (elements) to use in my planners and maybe other crafts but I honestly don’t think I can digi-scrap like I used to. I am also continuing with Project Life (PL) but I won’t be doing weekly anymore. I am pretty far behind by…3 years? I’m going to try doing more of the app PL than paper PL, although I do have quite a few paper PL kits and I don’t think I can ever give up paper PL.
This challenge I’m doing is at the Lilypad digital scrapbooking forum. The challenge is called Month of Challenges or MOC and what you do is create a digital layout each day for 31 days straight. Admins will give the requirements for each layout per day and you just have to follow the requirements. You don’t have to create one a day but you have to have 31 completed layouts by the end of January. If you complete this challenge, you get a $20 credit toward the shop. I’m always looking for deals and I love the designs at the Lilypad so that’s what hooked me. I also wanted some motivation to keep at this hobby because I still do enjoy digi-scrapping. Here are the first four layouts I’ve done:
This was a busy month with my sister’s wedding and my daughters attending a new dance studio and my oldest daughter’s first dance performance with the new studio dancers. I didn’t get a chance to take too many photos. In fact, I don’t think I took any photos with the DSLR aside from the photos for the fauxdori I made (photos on the craft blog). I did take a ton with my iPhone though but I have yet to decide if or when I should post those.
For the random photos this month I found some memorable photos from July 2009. It was the day I took my oldest, who was 7 at the time, to a Demi Lovato concert. I got her a VIP pass so she got to get up close with Demi during rehearsal and also took a couple of photos with her. On our way home, when we got home, we were pelted with shards of rain. It was painful and we were soaked to the bones just getting from the car to the house which was only a few yards walk (running and screaming for us that night). The concert was memorable though. Daughter loved every bit of it.
Daughter took the last photo above. She was in the pit and came running back to where I was seated, yelling, “Mom! Mom! Give me your camera! Give me your camera!!” I handed her the camera and she took that cool shot.